The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Movie Review
“No, I am your father.”
In the next episode of the Star Wars franchise, the universe expands and the stakes are higher than ever as the rebels face attack by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth. While Han and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Yoda. Only with the Jedi master’s help will Luke be able to fend off the most evil villain in the galaxy.
With sequels to great movies, it is said that the sequels are never as good as the originals. Well, The Empire Strikes Back proves that saying wrong. Everything is stepped up in the marvelous cinematic achievement.
The original cast returns to reprise their characters and are as great as ever. The characters are explored more and experience more things. Thus, leading to more character growth and development, which is always great. C3PO and R2D2 are as hilarious and lovable as ever, while Darth Vader returns in his most epic role yet. His character is epic and awesome, and this time the dark side has their own theme song whenever they appear on screen. In this film, we get more at a look from the empire’s point of view and it works perfectly. Our heros are as vulnerable yet awesome as ever, making the audience care for them more and reason with them even more. Both the CGI and the Practical Effects work great in this movie and look convincingly realistic in moments of peril and calmness too.
The directing is brilliant in this movie, with beautiful wide shots in space and dazzling visuals helping to make this a beautiful, must-see achievement. Everything is shot with care, and the suspense is raised in the brilliant action sequencing and rise of power. Everything lives up in this movie to this day, from the action, directing and visuals. They all hold up so well, and this is always such an entertaining and fun movie to watch as well.
The musical score composed throughout is probably one of the best aspects about the movie. It’s so amazing and beautiful to listen to. It conveys power, redemption and other emotions perfectly throughout. What a coincidence, since this entire movie is perfect.
The screenplay is written very well, bringing the film to life and uses clever humor that will make you laugh. But, without a doubt, the highlight of the film is that final fight between the two main characters. I won’t spoil anything in case you have been hiding under a bush for your entire life, but in that final fight a big realization happens that blew audiences away back in the day, and still does to this day. It is one of the biggest movie twists ever, and takes my breath away every time.
Engrossing and the most involving film in the Star Wars franchise, The Empire Strikes Back proves how sequels can be better than the original, and brings back the original characters were love in this epic and cinematic landmark that achieves both technically and emotionally. It is also one of those rare movies that gets better, and better, and better, until the audience is left overwhelmed by it’s sheer obvious incredibleness. Not only is this the best star wars movie of all time, but it is also one of the best films of all time as well.
Final Rating: 10/10